Kristina - guitar, vocals, percussion
Paul - mbira, percussion, vocals
Helen - vocals, recorder, melodica, percussion
Alan - guitar, vocals, percussion
Saan - percussion, vocals
Ian - guitar, percussion, vocals
Tomaash, Julian and others - percussion
Damara, Vanessa(?), Toni and others - vocals
Matthew - saz
It was a very rainy day, so we were happy to be in the cafe space under a roof. Originally this was meant to be more of a performance (Helen, Paul and Kristina), but that fell through, so they invited some friends along for a bit of a jam.
We were seated in a circle, unamplified (apart from my little Marshall MS-2 micro-amp). Unfortunately the mic was far too close to my saz, so that rather unbalances the mix. The background chatter is mostly the sound of people buying tea and cake. If you make a bit of an effort to "listen through the mix" some rather lovely music can be heard. Problems with a corrupted MiniDisc meant I had to introduce a few little splices - a bit of EQ, compression and reverb has also been used to fill the sound out a bit.
"Coming in from the Cold", "Stir it Up" and "Three Little Birds" are the Bob Marley songs, sung by Alan. "Holes in My Socks", "Fly Like a Bird" and "And the Rain Comes" were songs Kristina made up on the spot (something that comes very easily to her, it seems). "Give a Little Love" was originally an Aswad song, I think, although Alan claims he sings the Ziggy Marley version - it's one of his busking favourites. "Rebelution Rebelation" is one of Alan's, a better version can be heard here. "Mbira Song" is something Kristina's been singing variations on for years, apparently, and keeps meaning to "finish". "There's Only Now" is one of Helen's, as is "Helen's recorder tune" (obviously). My saz is pretty badly out of tune on the latter, but it's such a great tune and the only recording I've got of it, so I've included it anyway. "Bella Ciao" is the Italian partisan anthem which I taught Helen a few days earlier (one of her songs reminded me of it, and I thought they might fit together). "How Long, Rastafari?" is a fairly standard nyabinghi chant - sounds like something Alan would have picked up from Ras Michael and the Sons of Negus
Paul and Kristina also operate as Kiwi Jam.
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